2015 Daily Sun Interview

Steve Turnipseed, president, The Villages Florida Native Plant Society, was interviewed by the Daily Sun. At the bottom of this page is a link to a video showing the transistion of his yard from builder's generic landscaping to beautiful Florida natives.

The actual article is posted as a graphic, but may be difficult to read. See link at the bottom of the page.

Main Points:

  • About his yard - somethings is always in bloom, over 100 species of native plants
  • Florida Native Plant Society - Steve started The Villages Chapter
  • Regular Monthly Meeting

    Day: Fourth Friday of each month (except December)
    Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
    Location:Big Cypress Recreation Center 3110 Hendry Drive, The Villages, Florida. 32163

  • Chapter's goals
  • Concern for water conservation
  • Difficulty of growing turf grass
  • University of Florida, Sumter County Extension Office agrees with Steve
  • Benefits of growing native plants
  • Conserving water
  • Protect water quality
  • Restore habitats
  • Provide food and shelter for native wildlife
  • Decrease use of supplemental irrigation, pesticides and fertilizers
  • The Villages Community Development Districts are getting involved
  • Native Plant Buffer on ponds
  • Support the survival of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds
  • Attract wildlife


Steve and Blanket Flowers

Steve Turnipseed and Lloyd Singleton admire a myrtle oak.

Lloyd Singeton, Sumter County Extension Agent, and Steve Turnipseed, President of The Villages Florida Native Plant Society Chapter President, admire a myrtle oak growing in his yard.

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Video Link

Transformation of Steve's yard

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